Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Ghost Writer (2010)

Director: Roman Polanski. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton, James Belushi, Eli Wallach. 128 min. Rated PG-13. France/Germany/UK. Political/Suspense.

Polanski's latest has obvious parables to his own life as an exile in another country: an ex-British PM, accused of war crimes, is forced to stay in the US until further notice. But this beautifully crafted political thriller goes far beyond a filmmaker's quibbles about life. The plot's conspiracy theory (involving the ex-PM's origins) are quite outrageous; but Polanski's skills in creating paranoia while delicately putting the viewer in the hero's shoes (as he pieces together evidence in a whodunit-style story, reminiscent of Polanski's The Ninth Gate), offer pure delight. It's nice watching great directors occasionally take on small projects.

(PS: And again, I can't believe Eli Wallach!)

Mo says:


  1. Very interesting. I didn’t get similarity to his real life.
    Anyway I love the special theme of Polanski thrillers which I feel at most and that is he put the audience in highly suspense situations most of the time , but nothing serious happen almost ! and the plot through this atmosphere of twist ,suspense and terrifying waiting, moves slowly and smoothly till the end …. And as usual… a wonderfully ironic ending. This is the sample of modern and intelligent thriller.
    (I couldn't recognize Eli Wallach before your note!)

  2. "... high suspense situations most of the time, but nothing serious happens!"

    In other words, you're talking Hitchcock. Correct?

    The grandmaster set a style that compared to him, every other great director takes second place.

  3. Your right!.Absolutely No doubt about master of suspense. he is top of the top ! Goddamn who denied this !
    Recently I saw 2 old classic movies from him: Blackmail(1929) , Rich and strange( 1931).
    In comparison to 80 years ago ,in fact ,they still seem considerable and then it is quite expected if they were looked at as early signs of an upcoming genius at that time.

  4. I remember watching "Blackmail" with another of my friends who follows this blog, at Sahra Cinema in Tehran! That was almost 20 years ago.

    Remember that night, Armin?

  5. Was that the one in seh raheh Takht-Jamsheed where one needed a Vezaarate Ershaad photo ID?